Second White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) for Morocco

By MaghrebOrnitho | 16 November 2017

A White-backed Vulture was observed on 5, 6 and 8 July 2017 at Jbel Moussa. The bird was flying in the area with 4 Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli) and Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus).

This is the second record for Morocco and the 7th or 8th for the Western Palearctic. The first for Morocco and North Africa was observed near Tétouan in May 2014 and was also with Rüppell’s (3 birds) and Griffon Vultures.

Vautour africain (Gyps africanus) à Jbel Moussa

Un Vautour africain (ou Vautour à dos blanc) a été observé les 5, 6 et 8 juillet 2017 à Jbel Moussa. L’oiseau observé en vol dans la zone avec 4 Vautours de Rüppell (Gyps rueppelli) et des Vautours fauves (Gyps fulvus).

C’est la deuxième observation pour le Maroc et la 7ème ou 8ème pour le Paléarctique occidental. Le premier Vautour africain pour le Maroc et l’Afrique du Nord a été observé près de Tétouan en mai 2014 et était aussi avec des Vautours de Rüppell (3 oiseaux) et des Vautours fauves.

Rachid El Khamlichi

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New ‘old’ record:

First record of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) for Morocco (photographed off Agadir in March 2013).

White-backed Vulture / Vautour africain (Gyps africanus), Jbel Moussa, July 2017

White-backed Vulture / Vautour africain (Gyps africanus), Jbel Moussa, July 2017.

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) surrounded by Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), Jbel Moussa, July 2017

White-backed Vulture surrounded by Griffon Vultures, Jbel Moussa, July 2017.

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) surrounded by Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), Jbel Moussa, July 2017

White-backed Vulture surrounded by Griffon Vultures, Jbel Moussa, July 2017 (cropped below/recadrée ci-dessous).

White-backed Vulture / Vautour africain & Griffon Vulture / Vautour fauve, Jbel Moussa, July 2017

White-backed Vulture / Vautour africain & Griffon Vulture / Vautour fauve, Jbel Moussa, July 2017

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